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Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center has been recognized for pioneering the legal representation of crime victims in Maryland and for advocating for the passage of more than 80 pieces of state legislation, including a state constitutional amendment for crime victims’ rights.

The Foundation for Improvement of Justice gave its Paul H. Chapman Award to the Upper Marlboro-based nonprofit.

The foundation is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 for the purpose of improving local, state and federal systems of justice in the United States.

Each year, the foundation accepts nominations for the Chapman award to recognize and reward individuals or organizations whose innovative programs and work have made improvements in the various systems of justice.

MCVRC is Maryland’s only statewide nonprofit agency providing free comprehensive support services to victims of all types of crimes, according to a foundation news release. MCVRC also has represented victims of crime in federal court in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Utah.

MCVRC was founded as the Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation by Roberta and Vincent Roper after the kidnapping, rape and murder of their daughter, Stephanie.